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Block Arcade, Melbourne by Christine Smith

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FEATURED in Artists Universe 25-10-2011
FEATURED in Australian Capital Cities 05-11-2011
TOP TEN FINALIST in the Australian Capital Cities – Let’s Try Something Different Challenge 17-04-2012

Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Lens: @ 27mm, ISO: 400, Aperture: f 5.6, Shutter: 1/30

Block Arcade is a heritage listed shopping arcade in Melbourne, Victoria., Australia. The arcade which was erected between 1891 and 1893 was designed by architect David C. Askew whose brief was to produce something similar to the Galleria Vittoria in Milan. The result was one of Melbourne’s most richly decorated interior spaces, replete with mosaic tiled flooring, glass canopy, wrought iron and carved stone finishings. The exterior façade of the six storey office has near identical facades on Collins and Elizabeth Streets and is one of Australia’s best surviving examples of the Victorian Mannerist style. The arcade was formerly known as “Carpenter’s Lane”, however the precinct was widely known as “The Block”. Once the works were complete, local shopkeepers successfully petitioned to have it changed to its present name. It is a significant Victorian era arcade and is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register. Along with Melbourne’s other main arcade, the Royal Arcade, and Melbourne’s lanes, it is a tourist icon of the city. Melbourne’s Golden Mile heritage walk runs through the arcade. It forms a short, narrow laneway, connecting Collins Street to Little Collins Street in the central business district of Melbourne. It is also connected to Elizabeth Street in the west, thus, forming a L-shaped arcade and connecting to Block Place through to the Royal Arcade. In it’s earlier days, the block arcade was infamous for its well known young larrikin gang called the “barcade boys” who dealt drugs all day and hired prostitutes at night.

Photography been a longtime hobby that has now become an obsessive passion. I am fairly eclectic in my choice of subjects, and try to see beauty in most things. Thank you for dropping by my site and I welcome any feedback and tips.

Christine’s images have had:
793 Features & 41 Challenge Wins

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  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeabout 3 years ago

  • Thank you Audrey.

    – Christine Smith

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezabout 3 years ago

    Wonderful details, super work Christine …

  • I appreciate both your comment and the fave Tom. Thanks very much.

    – Christine Smith

  • Elizabeth Tunstall
    Elizabeth Tuns...about 3 years ago

    A beautiful capture of a beautiful place!

  • Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

    – Christine Smith

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciabout 3 years ago

    OCTOBER 25th, 2011
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  • I’m absolutely delighted that you have selected this image for a feature Mary. Thank you very much.

    – Christine Smith

  • Kate Adams
    Kate Adamsabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful work Christine, love your pov!!

  • Thanks so much for the fave and comment Kate. I really appreciate it.

    – Christine Smith

  • Yannik Hay
    Yannik Hayabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful! Cheers :)

  • Thank you very much Yannik.

    – Christine Smith

  • Kornrawiee
    Kornrawieeabout 3 years ago

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    Your beautiful artwork would be a perfect fit for the New Dimensions group here in Redbubble. I’m going to send you an invitation to join the group following at your bubblemail. I hope you elect to join.


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  • Thank you very much for your comment and the fave Sunny, It’s much appreciated.

    – Christine Smith

  • PhotosByG
    PhotosByGabout 3 years ago

    Congratulations! Your photo has been featured in ‘Australian Capital Cities’

    You have captured the vibrancy and excitement of the city and it’s exactly the sort of work that we feel should be displayed in the featured section of a group on cities.

    Please keep up the great work and we hope you continue to add more of your excellent photographs to this group.

  • I’m absolutely thrilled to have had this image featured in Australian Capital Cities. Thank you very much.

    – Christine Smith

  • PhotosByG
    PhotosByGabout 3 years ago

    This photo is now eligible to be entered in our November ‘Featured Photo Challenge’ in the ‘Australian Capital Cities’ group. Good luck!

  • Werner Padarin
    Werner Padarinover 2 years ago

    Australian Capital Cities is having a $20 challenge – ‘Lets try something different’ and you can only enter a photo that has been nominated by someone else and I’m nominating you enter this photo into the challenge. Good luck!

  • Thank you very much for nominating me and for your support Werner. It’s much appreciated.

    – Christine Smith

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